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Givealittle reaches $20 million milestone
Posted on 27-Jan-2015 14:05Tags News, Web media

Users of have pushed the crowdfunding platform past another growth milestone, with the all-time total now surpassing $20 million. Comments (Comments)

Chris Quinn to leave Spark New Zealand as part of leadership changes
Posted on 27-Jan-2015 09:01Tags News, Broadband

Two years ago Spark New Zealand (Telecom at that time) embarked on a new strategy designed to transform the business from a traditional fixed and mobile infrastructure company to a future-oriented, competitive retailer of digital services delivered over their networks and the Cloud. Comments (Comments)

Take Control of Apple Pages
Posted on 23-Jan-2015 14:49Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

If you find Apple Pages 5 puzzling or you want to get more out of the software Michael E. Cohen’s US$20 Take Control of Pages is a good starting point. The 266 ebook is published by TidBits Publishing (ISBN: 9781615424320). On one level Cohen has written a comprehensive user manual for the software. The user […] Comments (Comments)

Credit where credit is due on NZ tech regulation
Posted on 22-Jan-2015 12:50Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

From Andrew Cushen at InternetNZ writing in Flexibility of regulation for technology.: …the government moving relatively quickly to respond to technical innovation in a sensible, considered matter, and that seeks to accommodate that innovation rather than stifle it. …I hope that when we continue to talk to the government about challenges that regulation creates for […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Windows 10 brings devices and holograms together for seamless experience
Posted on 22-Jan-2015 10:18Tags News, Windows

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new generation of Windows, with a wide range of experiences designed to usher in a new era of more personal computing, as well as two new devices designed to extend the Windows experience from large screens to no screens. Comments (Comments)

Amazon Web Services to use wind farm power
Posted on 21-Jan-2015 10:02Tags News, Computing

In November 2014, AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. Comments (Comments)

Looming customer service cuts at Vodafone
Posted on 20-Jan-2015 11:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The New Zealand Herald reports Vodafone plans to trim staff numbers across the board and cut the customer service department by up to 100 jobs.. The proposal, outlined in an internal document obtained by the Herald, is part of a restructuring expected to bring 200 to 250 job cuts. Vodafone says the average revenue per customer […] Comments (Comments)

Fast broadband: How does New Zealand shape up internationally?
Posted on 20-Jan-2015 08:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand is behind the international pack when it comes to broadband speeds. The table shows the challenge ahead of the network builders: Chorus. Ultrafast Fibre, Northpower and Enable Networks. We have long way to go before we match the world leaders. At the time of the last Akamai report, third quarter 2014, New Zealand ranked 44 […] Comments (Comments)

ICONZ-Webvisions Cloud computing now without term contracts
Posted on 19-Jan-2015 17:01Tags News, Computing

Provider ICONZ-Webvisions is now offering its public cloud without a contracted duration. Cloud computing offers processing power that is scale-able and flexible, allowing organisations to vary their usage. Comments (Comments)

Megaport offers interconnection services to Google Cloud Platform
Posted on 19-Jan-2015 16:57Tags News, Computing

Google Cloud Platform enables enterprises to build, test and deploy applications on Google's highly-scalable and reliable infrastructure. Google Cloud Platform offers computing, storage and application services for web, mobile and backend solutions. Comments (Comments)

Uber: The lost opportunity
Posted on 19-Jan-2015 13:16Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At Whatisitwellington Ian Apperley says the fuss over Uber operating in New Zealand is a fight between dinosaurs and exciting new business models: The War on Uber in New Zealand: Dinosaur business models meet new tech. He writes: … the Taxi Federation would be better working on new technologies for its members rather than engaging in […] Comments (Comments)

Trolling, dumb-arsed headline questions
Posted on 17-Jan-2015 12:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m not one for new year resolutions, but IF I had one it would be to not write trolling, dumb-arsed questions in headlines — Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) January 16, 2015 …and I’m sure if you dig hard enough you can find a few old ones with my byline on them. In my defence, back in […] Comments (Comments)

Tasman Global Access addresses internet centre of gravity shift
Posted on 16-Jan-2015 17:14Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand’s internet centre of gravity is shifting. Until now New Zealand data traffic was mainly east to and from the US. That’s changing. Increasingly our traffic goes west across the Tasman to Australia and Asia. This will probably accelerate now cloud computing giants like Amazon and Microsoft offer data centres in Sydney and Melbourne. […] Comments (Comments)

Southern Cross cable ready for Ultra HD video streaming
Posted on 16-Jan-2015 13:14Tags News, Broadband

Southern Cross Cable Network today announced that while 2015 looked to be a year of massive capacity requirements, with the announced arrival plans of internet video streaming providers such as Netflix into Australia and New Zealand, Southern Cross and its resellers were well positioned to meet demand growth. Comments (Comments)

The mainframe lives on: IBM z13 ready to power mobile transactions and analytics
Posted on 14-Jan-2015 13:56Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built, delivering scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy. Comments (Comments)

Testing Tech21 Impact Shell on an iPhone 6
Posted on 8-Jan-2015 18:28Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

While Apple’s iPhone 6 is thin, it feels robust enough for most use. Even so with prices starting at NZ$1000 you might want to protect a phone from drops and scratches. Last August I tested the Tech21 Impact Shell case for the iPhone 5S. More recently the UK-based Tech21 sent me a Classic Shell cover to […] Comments (Comments)

Internet NZ, price rises, greed and cartels
Posted on 8-Jan-2015 13:56Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

InternetNZ isn’t happy about ISP prices hikes after the Commerce Commission raised the wholesale price of a copper line. In Not sure if uncertainty causes price rise, or just greed, InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter says he doubt price rises are necessary. He says: Whether they need to do this to cover the costs of wholesale isn’t proven, and […] Comments (Comments)

Wellington City Council Announces TechnologyOne as Preferred Supplier to Deliver its New IT System
Posted on 7-Jan-2015 09:52Tags News, Computing

Currently more than 120 separate IT systems support the Council's business. A new system will aim to bring together many of those that deal with customer service, finance, HR and property functions onto a single platform. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone’s price rise
Posted on 7-Jan-2015 08:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone will raise the price of most fixed line plans by $4 a month from next month. It says the price rise will affect about 300,000 customers. The price rise follows the Commerce Commission draft decision over the price lines company Chorus can charge telcos to use its copper network. Spark announced a similar price rise […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Herald’s steampunk view of Xero
Posted on 5-Jan-2015 16:43Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Read the headline on Hamish Fletcher‘s High-flyer Xero crashes to worst spot and you might think the accounting software as a service company is in trouble. Technically speaking Fletcher is right. Xero shares lost 50 percent of their value during 2014. They fell 65 percent from their highest point. In that sense it does make the company the […] Comments (Comments)

Apple productivity: 2015 edition
Posted on 4-Jan-2015 13:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Last year Apple weaved its software and hardware closer together with upgrades to iOS and OS X. Together, OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 tighten cross-device integration. Comments (Comments)

Wake up call from Trend Micro Internet Security for Mac 2015
Posted on 22-Dec-2014 17:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple Mac users will tell you their computers are more secure than Windows PCs. They have a point. Malware writers go for big, easy targets. Windows is a big, easy target. OS X remains small by comparison. Macs have a second advantage. OS X is based on Unix, which has baked-in security. Apple added its […] Comments (Comments)

Switching off the copper network
Posted on 18-Dec-2014 13:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Labour communications spokesperson Clare Curran wants a discussion on the switch-off date for New Zealand’s copper phone network. Her call comes one year to the day after I first wrote about a copper network shutdown. I also wrote about ripping out copper in February 2014. A year ago Ovum’s Australia-based research director David Kennedy said: Tensions in […] Comments (Comments)

Spark, Telstra and Vodafone confirm plan to construct new trans-Tasman telecommunications cable starting early 2015
Posted on 18-Dec-2014 11:16Tags News, Broadband

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected as the cable laying contractor after a competitive tender process, and the TGA Cable is expected to be built and providing data traffic by mid-2016. Comments (Comments)

News BlackBerry Classic brings back familiar QWERTY design
Posted on 18-Dec-2014 10:46Tags News, BlackBerry

Company says new device responds to customer demand for a familiar design merged with the security of BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. Comments (Comments)

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